Concern over lack of support for stroke carers
Written by centralfmnews on September 23, 2019
One in five people caring for stroke survivors in Scotland haven’t received any form of support.
That’s according to research by charity Stroke Association – who’re warning carers are struggling to cope.
There are currently more than 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK – a figure that’s expected to rise to more than 2 million by 2035.
Andrea Cail, Director Scotland of the Stroke Association, said: “Lives change in an instant after a stroke. Overnight, a partner becomes an unpaid carer. We know that thousands of people all over the UK including Scotland are dedicating their lives to caring for loved ones, whose speech, independence, emotional wellbeing or personality could be affected after a stroke. And as these new figures show, over time, taking on the role of carers often comes at the cost of their own health. Sadly, far too many people are facing this devastating situation alone and unsupported.
“The number of stroke survivors is set to rise by almost one million people by 2035. So this problem is only set to get worse.”